Monday, November 28, 2005

More Winners

With all of this award business going on, its also an apt time to give the results for the various votes and caption suggestions below.

  1. So, regarding the picture on the front of Tom Wright's Paul: Fresh Perspectives, the academic community has voted, albeit without clear majority, that the picture is, after all, his mum. And don't get offended at me for this - its just called democracy.
  2. It is with great joy that I can announce the 'find a caption' winner for the Bush picture as

    ... *drum roll* ...

    i) ME! with, "The Chinese electrified-door-handle prank is a success". Yes, although it pains me to write this given my abundance of deep humility, second place must go to ...
    ii) ME AGAIN! with "When an innocent fart goes horribly wrong"
    iii) Languishing behind in third place are the contributions of the lost message with "What's that warm trickle going down my leg? Is that normal", T. B. Vick's "Was that Bill and Monica behind there?" (sorry if that wasn't meant as a caption, but its too late now), and Sean Winter's "Please open the bathroom door your majesty - I am desperate." P.S., Sean, if you are Sean "The Baptist" Winter, then say nothing to Tom about the "his mum" bit, and I'll shower honours on you in future posts. Deal?
  3. Sadly not a single one knew the answer to the what made the small Thessalonian Dionysus image found in the Serapeum unusual. Honestly! I truly wonder, what with all these theologically trained guests I have, and none could answer that. This is a sad day for Bible Seminaries and Theological Colleges the world over as such information should surely be a basic part of any theological syllabus. But to give the answer, the little image accommodated an 'optional extra' detachable ...

    ... *drum roll again* ...

    Penis (or Phallus, or Willy, or Meat-and-two-veg, or love-cucumber. Whatever you want to call it actually as any of these answers would have been correct.)

    I judgmentally shake my head in the general direction of all theological training institutions.


At 11/29/2005 1:52 AM, Blogger Ben Myers said...

I'm sure some of your Learned Readers were, ahem, simply too polite to give the answer....

At 11/29/2005 10:44 AM, Anonymous Sean Winter said...

Hi Chris

Its a deal! My own view was that it resembled Tom now - not 20 years time.


At 11/29/2005 1:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shucks Chris, you own the book - and it looks like the English edition because the U.S. one has a different picture. Couldn't you peek inside the cover and read out the credits for the art work to us? --s

At 11/29/2005 2:23 PM, Blogger Chris Tilling said...

Hi 's',
Hmmm *feels a bit stupid*
I hadn't actually thought of looking at the art credits. But now I have and it states on the book back-cover that the painting is by George de La Tour. A little research on the net tells me that what we have on Tom's book is a copy of the lost original painted c. 1615-1620.

But that is obvious nonsense. How could this 400 year old painter know what Tom's mum would look like?

At 11/30/2005 12:15 AM, Blogger Ben Myers said...

"How could this 400 year old painter know what Tom's mum would look like?" Exactly what I was thinking. Clearly it's an elaborate hoax.

At 11/30/2005 2:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quick get Steve Carlson to debunk it. Or else get Dan Brown to make his next million: Tom Wright's mum married Tom Wright's dad. (p.s. Thanks - I can sleep now!) --s

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